There is some good for anyone flying out of London Gatwick today, as the No1 Lounge and Clubrooms in the North Terminal (the only functioning terminal) reopen.
These are the first No1 Lounges to reopen after the latest lockdown.
No1 is not the business it was, unfortunately, having undergone a CVA. The lounges in Edinburgh and Luton are closed for good. The two My Lounge sites in Gatwick North and Gatwick South will not re-open in their current form, although I believe the sites are being retained.
Going forward, the business will only operate at Gatwick, Heathrow Terminal 3 and Birmingham.
The good news is that, with the company now in the same family as Priority Pass following its recent sale, Priority Pass holders will – from the Autumn – be able to access No1 Lounges sites again.
For now, the only way to get entry to the Gatwick North lounge is by booking a slot here for cash or by using a DragonPass card.
There is some confusion over opening hours. A company post on LinkedIn yesterday said that opening hours were restricted to 4am to noon, Monday to Friday. The website shows a 7-day operation from 4am with mid-afternoon closing times.
Our last review of the No1 Lounge at Gatwick North is here. A lot has changed since then, of course – it is now table service only and the overcrowding has presumably gone.
How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (September 2021)
As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here.
You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. The card has a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points which is a special offer running to 2nd November 2021. Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.
Additional lounge visits are charged at £20. You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.
There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and a 20,000 points sign-up bonus. Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.
HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network. Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.
The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer. Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.
PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.